FREE PATTERN: Sleeping Neko Atsume Kitty

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I’m pleased to present to you today my pattern for a sleeping Neko Atsume kitty! I’ve made my kitty (and these instructions for) Marshmallow. However, you may want to try and adapt this pattern to suit the colour and patterns of other Neko Atsume kitties!

Materials:

  • 3mm crochet hook
  • White Yarn
  • Grey Yarn
  • Fibre Fill
  • Grey Felt
  • Black Embroidery Thread
  • Hot Glue Gun

This pattern is in written in US terms

HEAD:

With white yarn.

Chain 6 (Foundation Chain)

R1: Starting with the second chain from the hook, Sc 4 into the back loops. Sc3 into next sc. Turn and Sc5 into front loops. (12sts)

After R1, your crochet should look like this:

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R2: *1sc, inc* rep 6 times (18sts)

R3: *2sc, inc* rep 6 times (24sts)

R4-5: sc24 (24sts)

Embroider eyes to head.

R6: *2sc, dec* rep 6 times (18sts)

R7: *1sc, dec* rep 6 times (12sts)

Stuff head.

R8: dec 6 times (6sts)

Cast off, sew in end.

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LEGS (Make 3):

With grey yarn

R1: sc5 into a magic ring

R2: inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc, inc (8sts).

R3-5: sc8

Cast off, sew in ends.

BODY:

With white yarn.

R1: We will be creating the body from the legs.

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a) Starting from the back leg, sc4 across the front. Chain 5.

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b) Sc4 across the front of each of the other 2 legs.

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c) The last 17sts make up the ‘front’ of the body. Crochet 17sts along the ‘back’ of the body.

d) You will now have a round consisting of 34sts. It should look like this:

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R2-3: sc34 (34sts)

R4: Dec, sc14, dec, sc16 (32sts)

R5: *2sc, dec* rep 8 times (24sts)

R6: sc24 (24sts)

R7: *2sc, dec* rep 6 times (18sts)

Stuff body.

R8: *1sc, dec* rep 6 times (12sts)

R9: Dec 6 times (6sts)

Cast off, sew in end. The body will look like this.

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EARS (Make 2):

With grey yarn.

R1: sc3 into a magic ring

R2: 2sc in each sc (6sts)

Cast off. Leave tail for sewing.

TAIL:

With grey yarn.

R1: sc5 into a magic ring.

R2-10: sc5 (5sts)

Cast off. Leave tail for sewing.

ASSEMBLY:

Sew ears to the face.

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Sew the tail to the body.

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Attach enough yarn at the back of the head so that you can sew it onto the body. I just attached the yarn with a knot.

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Sew the head onto the body. I chose to sew the head at a slight angle so that the kitty looks more like it is curling into a ball.

Glue on the kitty’s muzzle (after embroidering its nose and mouth) to the face with a hot glue gun.

After this – you will have your very own Neko Atsume kitty!

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I hope you like this pattern and enjoy making your own sleeping Neko Atsume kitty. Do you think you’ll make Marshmallow, or will you change the colours and make another kitty? Whichever kitty you make, please share your photos! I’d love to see them!

Marshmallow from Neko Atsume is Copyright of Hit-Point Games(2015). This pattern is an original pattern by Rachel of Drawn and Hooked (March 2016). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. You may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site, sell or distribute it, or sell items made from this pattern. Thank you!

Hooked: Marshmallow from Neko Atsume

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I’m excited to share with you today something I created last week – Marshmallow the kitty from the ridiculously cute (and addictive) Japanese game ‘Neko Atsume’! I’ve been playing the game for a while now and thought it’d be fun to try and make my own Neko Atsume kitty.

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Of all the different poses the cats make in the game, the sleeping cat pose is my favourite so I decided to design just that! I chose to make ‘Marshmallow’. It took a bit of trial and error (I had to pull apart some pieces) but overall I’ve been really happy with how Marshmallow turned out!

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I’ve enjoyed sharing Marshmallow with you – and I’m pleased to say that next week I’ll be sharing the pattern I wrote for Marshmallow! Stay tuned! 🙂

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Review: Daiso Amigurumi Key Ring Kit

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Hello again! It’s been a long time since I last blogged – but I thought it was about time I got back into it!

This post will be a review of Daiso’s Amigurumi Key ring Kit. Before I start though, I want to say that I am not being paid anything for this post. I’m writing this post simply because there seems to be a lack of anything like it online (at the time of writing). Prior to buying it, I was curious as to whether something so inexpensive could be actually worthwhile. Was it something I could gift to a beginner crocheter? Was it ideal for someone just wanting to experiment with crochet but not ready to buy a whole bunch of yarn, hooks etc?

In Australia, this kit sells for AUS$2.80. I decided to buy a kit and see what I could make from it.

At Daiso, a few variations are available of their Amigurumi Key ring Kit. These include a rabbit, cat and bear in various colours. I decided to choose the ‘Orange Cat’ Kit.

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The Amigurumi Kit includes the following:

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  • Orange (Body) and Tan (Paws) Yarn
  • Stuffing
  • Embroidery Thread (for nose and mouth)
  • 3x Eyes (not sure why you need three! I guess Daiso is being generous!)
  • 2x Round Jump Ring (again, you only need one – the second is a spare?)
  • 1x Ball Chain
  • Instructions – these include not only the key ring pattern but text/picture explanations of all the crochet techniques required in both English and Japanese.

These are listed on the packaging as well. The packaging also lists the materials/tools you will need to use this kit. These include:

  • Crochet Hook (2.3mm-3mm) I used a 3mm Hook.
  • Yarn Needle
  • Marking Pins
  • Scissors
  • 2x Pliers
  • Craft Glue
  • Ruler
  • Tweezers

In making my Amigurumi Key ring I found that I could do without the marking pins, ruler and tweezers – but if they are helpful to you – go for it!

MAKING THE AMIGURUMI KEY RING:

I cannot stress how essential it is to wind your yarn into balls before you being this project. The bundles in which the yarn comes tangle easily so you will save yourself a lot of frustration if you wind them into balls before you begin!

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After this preparation, follow the instructions (They are written in diagram form) and make each of the pieces as instructed.

I used a 3mm hook and worked in a continuous round (instead of slip stitching at the end of each round as suggested).

You should have pieces that look something like this when you are done (Tan cheeks accidentally missing from this photo!):

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After making each of the pieces, I attached the cheeks and stitched a nose and mouth to the unstuffed head.

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I then stuffed the head and stuffed the body and sewed them together.

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After this I attached the ears, arms, legs and tail. On the picture of the kit the legs are attached so that the cat looks like it’s sitting. I chose to attach the legs on the cat’s sides. The instructions suggest that you stuff the arms and legs but I didn’t think it was necessary.

The eyes that come with the kit are not safety eyes but look like this:

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To attach the eyes to the head, dab the ‘stem’ of the eyes in glue and push them into the amigurumi head.

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To attach the round jump ring, use pliers to bend the ring to the sides (it is  a really strong jump ring – I couldn’t bend it with my fingers!). Bending the jump ring this way makes it easier to bend it closed again later.

Closed round jump ring:

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Open round jump ring:

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When the round jump ring is opened, slip it into a stitch on the amigurumi’s head.

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Close the jump ring and then twist it so that the join is hidden inside the head. Attach the ball chain to the jump ring.

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After this your amigurumi key ring is complete!

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I’ve hung my amigurumi cat key ring onto my All About Ami Lambert Tote Bag. My friend Stephanie of All About Ami collaborated earlier with Laura Uy of Art + Soul Creative Co. earlier this year and produced the Lambert Collection – a set of crochet themed items which are not only cute but also raise money for a good cause!. I purchased the 13″X13″ inch bag earlier this year and found it to be the perfect size and durability for carrying books back and forth between uni and home.

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The Daiso Amigurumi Key Ring Kit was a fun project to make. It is fairly simple pattern (and included explanations of all the stitches and techniques required) so would be suitable for beginners as well as more experienced crocheters. The only thing beginners might find frustrating with this project is that it is physically small (making it trickier to count stitches, change colours, sew parts together etc). Apart from this, the Daiso Amigurumi Key Ring Kit is an inexpensive way for anyone to “try” amigurumi.

I hope you’ve found this review useful! 🙂

Do you think you’ll try this kit? Or have you tried this kit already? What was your experience with it?

Please Vote: Mario the Italian Chef Cat

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Meet Mario the Italian Chef Cat – my entry in the Amigurumi Patterns’ Design Contest! I’m sorry that lately my posts have been competition related – I promise that it will be the last for some time. However, if you would be so kind as to spare a moment or so by clicking HERE, and voting for Mario I would be ever so grateful! Thank you in advance.

I thought in this post I’d also share a bit of my process in putting together Mario. When I watch animations, I’m always interested in the nerdy commentaries about the production… so I hope you find this brief “behind the scenes” of my pattern making somewhat interesting!

When I first heard about the Amigurumi Patterns’ Design Contest I was still in a holiday withdrawal kind of phase. So when I discovered the theme for the contest was “Animals at Work” my inspiration, naturally, was drawn from my travels. In Italy, Greece and Turkey I had encountered a LOT of stray cats. (The picture below is a cat eating a cupcake in Ephesus.) Therefore I decided I would create an amigurumi cat.

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As for my cat’s occupation – because I had loved so much of the food I had eaten, I decided that my cat would be a chef (so I would have an excuse to crochet little foods too… haha). Mario’s name came from this bit of graffiti I found carved into a train in Rome.

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As Italy has a lot of iconic meals, I decided that my little chef Cat would be an exclusively Italian Chef. That set, I went about sketching Mario’s “look”. (Yay! Finally! Some illustration in my posts!)

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As you can see, my sketch of Mario, compared to his finish self only changed a little. I omitted Mario’s moustache as I felt it was a bit distracting to his face. I also omitted his apron as I ran out of time. Despite this, I was still happy with how Mario turned out.

To give Mario a bit more character I alternated between a dark brown yarn and the multi coloured yarn to give him distinct markings – such as a patch around his eye and an odd coloured ear. I also applied this technique to his tail.

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I had a lot of fun too crocheting Mario’s little foods – a pot of pasta, a pizza and a tomato. I also (crazily) built Mario’s little table out of balsa wood which I then painted (yes, I was the crazy one painting a miniature table at 10pm even though I had to wake up at 5:30am the next morning…). The backgrounds were some pictures I printed then arranged to create a small makeshift ‘scene’ for Mario to be photographed in… quite a bit of effort… but I felt that having put effort into every other part of the project it only made sense to finish it with equal dedication!

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Even if Mario doesn’t win any prizes, I enjoyed the experience of designing and creating him. Using techniques like joining his legs and body as one piece and interchanging yarns to create an eye patch challenged my crocheting skills. It was also pretty cool to translate a idea and sketch into something tangible! I hope to do more of this in the future.

When/If you create your own amigurumi patterns, how do you go about your design/creating process? Do you start with a sketch or do you crochet and see what happens?

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into how Mario the Italian Chef Cat came together. Please do vote for him if you haven’t already via the link at the beginning of this post. Many thanks! 🙂